The Huntsville Havoc hockey team is planning on holding a wiener dog race — otherwise know as a Dachshund dash — on the ice this Saturday as they try to raise money for the Ryan Newman Foundation, which educates and encourages people to spay/neuter their pets and to adopt dogs and cats from animal shelters
However, Dachshund owners say that’s a bad idea.
Karen Borden is the president of Dixie Dachshund Rescue. She told WAAY TV:
“I think it’s a great fundraising event, wiener races. But, I was really upset with the environment that it was going to be held in.”
Borden says running the dogs on ice is dangerous because the breed is already prone to back problems. She says, “Because of the overbreeding that has gone on, many are born with the propensity to have blown discs or bad disks ort suspect disks.”
Valley residents are so upset, they have created a page on Facebook encouraging folks to boycott this weekend’s game. They say it endangers and exploits the breed. However, not everyone agrees with the boycott. Melissa Horne is a Veterinarian at the Animal Care Clinic in Huntsville. She says, “As long as they’re not having any problems and don’t have a history of problems, there shouldn’t be any reason they can’t participate.”